How To Create Unique Compositions With Foreground Elements

Here are steps and considerations for creating unique compositions with foreground elements:

  1. Find foreground
    1. Glasses, Candles, Crystal, Etc.
  2. Shoot from the shadows: Frame and compose
    1. Use long lenses (85mm/70-200mm)
  3. Expose for desired ambiance
    1. Wide apertures for bokeh
  4. If needed, light the foreground
  5. Add controlled light via grid/zoom
    1. Constant = flash 1/16-1/32
  6. Analyze histogram/highlight alert